By Frank Savage, The Chicago Times
May 19, 2023
CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation and Air Serbia announced Wednesday the carrier’s inaugural flight between O’Hare International Airport and Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport which has not happened since 1992.
“On behalf of Mayor Brandon Johnson, I welcome Air Serbia to Chicago, and we look forward to a long and continued partnership connecting Chicago residents to this new destination in one of Europe’s great cities,” said CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee. “More than 350,000 Chicagoland residents are of Serbian origin, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them a fast and easy connection to their roots in the Balkans.”
“This day is of especial importance for our company, Serbia, Belgrade, and the entire Western Balkan region, as well as the large number of our compatriots who live and work in North America,” said Jiri Marek, CEO of Air Serbia. “We are pleased that we responded to passenger needs, and for enabling them to easily fly over 8,000 km, on Air Serbia’s comfortable wide-body aircraft. We believe that the flights between Belgrade and Chicago will be useful for all passengers, regardless of the reason for travel, and that it will help improve business, tourism, and all other links between Serbia and the US”
The twice-weekly air service is expected to increase to three-times-per-week on Monday, June 12, and travel will take place on board the 257-seat A330-200 aircraft. Once in Belgrade, customers that originate in Chicago will be able to easily connect to other cities in the Air Serbia network, such as Berlin, Bucharest, Prague, and Sarajevo. Air Serbia has also partnered with American Airlines to offer onward connections for customers originating in Belgrade.